Dec 10 First Nobel Peace Prizes awarded to Red Cross founder Jean Henri Dunant and peace activist Frederic Passy
- Dec 13 Test debut of English cricketer Sydney Barnes vs Australia at the SCG, took 5-65 in 1st innings
- Dec 14 1st table tennis tournament is held at the London Royal Aquarium
- Dec 16 Boer general Kritzinger captured
- Dec 24 Private companies allowed to use the word "postcard" in the US. Previously they were labelled "Private Mailing Cards" and known as "souvenir cards".
- Dec 25 Battle at Tweefontein: British force camped on a hill is surprised by a Boer attack at 2am
- Dec 31 In the first election under their new constitution, Cuba elects a Congress and their first president, Tomas Estrada Palma